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Inside the mind of a simultaneous translator

Inside the mind of a simultaneous translator Creative commons image International Transport Forum under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Apr 2016
The world’s most powerful computers can’t perform accurate real-time translation. Yet interpreters do it with ease. Geoff Watts meets the...

Is the UK media failing Welsh voters?

Is the UK media failing Welsh voters? Creative commons image John Lord under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Apr 2016
With elections for the welsh Assembly taking place in a fortnight, are voters getting a clear picture?

Throwing light on research by South & Central American scientists

Throwing light on research by South & Central American scientists Copyrighted image Copyright: RedLBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2016
Latin American scientists are coming together to promote their work more widely. Felix Moronta explains how.

Can cartoons help keep indigenous Mexican languages alive?

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Can cartoons help keep indigenous Mexican languages alive? Copyright free image Copyright free: USC Libraries Special Collections
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2016
A new project, 68 Tongues, 68 hearts, aims to help keep the indigenous languages of Mexico alive.

What makes it hard for migrants to learn the language of their new home?

What makes it hard for migrants to learn the language of their new home? Creative commons image CGP Grey under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Mar 2016
'Why don't migrants learn English if they want to live here?' is one of those sentiments you'll have come across a lot if you've spent much time on...

What is Applied Linguistics?

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Updated 30 Mar 2016
Something... to do with... language, maybe? If you're not sure about what Applied Linguistics is, start here...

Who was St David?

Who was St David? Creative commons image By Wolfgang Sauber (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Feb 2016
Where does St David's iconic status stem from and what is known of the man who lived 1500 years ago? Explore St David in more detail here...

Happy Saint David's Day | Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus

Happy Saint David's Day | Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus Creative commons image By Self (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 25 Feb 2016
As we celebrate St David's Day, the patron saint of Wales, find out more about Welsh language, culture and society with our great range of...

An introduction to grammar

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An introduction to grammar Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Updated 24 Feb 2016
What is grammar, and how does it help us communicate? Our short video reveals all...

How do you read a person their rights when English isn't their first language?

How do you read a person their rights when English isn't their first language? Creative commons image Steve Rhodes under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Feb 2016
A new set of guidelines offers law enforcement officers ways to ensure language skills aren't a bar to understanding your rights when arrested.

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English: skills for learning

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Apr 2016
English: skills for learning, is a free course for anybody who is thinking of studying for a university degree and would like to develop the...

Communication, management and your own context

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Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
In management the ability to communicate clearly and confidently is of key importance. This free course, Communication, management and your own...

Croeso: Beginners' Welsh

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
This free course, Croeso: Beginners' Welsh, is taken from Croeso, a beginners' language module that concentrates on Welsh as a tool for...

Beginners’ German: Food and drink

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Beginners’ German: Food and drink Copyrighted image Copyright: © Elena Kouptsova-Vasic/dreamstime.com.
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
This free course, Beginners' German: Food and drink, provides materials at German for beginners level that support the development of listening,...

Beginners' Chinese

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Beginners' Chinese
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
Learn about Mandarin Chinese as a tool for communication and gain insights into Chinese society and culture. This free course, Beginners’ Chinese,...

Rundblick: beginners' German

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Rundblick: beginners' German
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
Do you want to learn the basics of the German language? This free course, Rundblick: beginners' German, will take you on a journey through German...

English grammar in context

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English grammar in context Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
What are the differences between spoken and written English? Is use of grammar more or less complex than it appears? This free course, English...

Finding Information in Modern Languages

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Finding Information in Modern Languages Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
This free course, Finding Information in Modern Languages, will help you to identify and use information in Modern Languages, whether for your work...

How to be a critical reader

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Intermediate level Duration 7 hours Updated 14 Mar 2016
In this free course you will focus on how to be a critical reader. Reading critically is an essential skill at university. It means being aware of...

Summarising text

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 14 Mar 2016
In this free course, Summarising text, you will learn how to summarise. Summarising is useful both when completing assignments and while studying.

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Apr 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Apr 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Apr 2016
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Apr 2016
The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of debate and analysis while developing your cultural literacy. It...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Apr 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) Humanities

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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Apr 2016
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

BA (Honours) English Language and Literature

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BA (Honours) English Language and Literature Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Apr 2016
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...

BA (Honours) Business Studies

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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Apr 2016
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...

BA (Honours) Language Studies

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BA (Honours) Language Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Apr 2016
Learning a language and about how languages work, including the English language, opens doors to other cultures and communities, giving you an...

Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Apr 2016
The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the competencies needed to communicate and interact in a range of...